Since 1993, the Republicans and the Democrats have traded off White House residents every eight years. Each president has been considered unprecedented because of where he was from, his family background, his skin color, or the size of his bank account. Bush (1946), Clinton (1946), and Trump (1946) are early Boomers and Obama (1961) is a late Boomer. (Boomers were born between 1946-1964 according to Google and Wikipedia.)
Before becoming President, Clinton and Bush were both governors. Clinton and Obama were both lawyers. Bush worked in the oil industry and Trump worked in the real estate industry. All four are married and have children. Three of them also have grandchildren.
President (noun) – elected head of a republican (Small r) state or the celebrant at the Eucharist
Presidential (adjective) – relating to a president or presidency, having a bearing or demeanor befitting a president; dignified and confident.
Precedent (noun) – an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances.
Precedent (adjective) – preceding in time, order, or importance
Precedential (adjective) – of the nature of or constituting a precedent or having precedence
George Washington was our first president and he set many of the precedents that are followed to this day–including adding “So help me God” to the end of the oath of office when being sworn in as President, introducing the President as Mr. President, and leaving after two terms. Franklin Roosevelt was the only President that broke with that precedent. He died early in his 4th term in 1945.
Passed by Congress in 1947, and ratified by the states on February 27, 1951, the Twenty-Second Amendment limits an elected president to two terms in office, a total of eight years. However, it is possible for an individual to serve up to ten years as president. The amendment specifies that if a vice president or other successor takes over for a president—who, for whatever reason, cannot fulfill the term—and serves two years or less of the former president’s term, the new president may serve for two full four-year terms. If more than two years remain of the term when the successor assumes office, the new president may serve only one additional term.
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